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World War Z Audiobook

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War Audiobook

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Publisher's Summary

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the 12-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Note: Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission.

©2006 Max Brooks; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Multi-Voiced Performance
  • Audie Award Finalist, Audiobook of the Year, 2007

"Hard to put down." (Publishers Weekly)
"A literate, ironic, strangely tasty treat." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Horror fans won't be disappointed: like George Romero's Dead trilogy, World War Z is another milestone in the zombie mythos." (Booklist)

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    Joe Alpine, Ca, United States 01-16-12
    Joe Alpine, Ca, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2013
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    Would you consider the audio edition of World War Z to be better than the print version?

    I do not know as I have not read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well done production. I just wish it wasn't abridged.

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    Tandgn Apache Junctionaz, United States 01-11-12
    Tandgn Apache Junctionaz, United States 01-11-12 Member Since 2012

    My Opinion's for your review, Thank You!

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    "Oral History of the Zombie War"

    Very interesting book if your into documentaries ( I mean Moc-umentaries) , zombies, and/or war. It was very well written and read. It kept my interest from be ginning to end and I don't like Zombie stories but this caught my ear. Maybe its because humanity won and survived to tell the tale. oops sorry I gave away the ending--not really. I enjoyed it very much.

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    Bruce Dulles, VA, United States 01-09-12
    Bruce Dulles, VA, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2010

    My favorite listens are historical fiction. Robert Graves' "I, Cladius" and "Claudius the God" are my most enjoyable listens (and reads)!!

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    "C-SPAN Meets the flesh-eating Walking Dead"

    I REALLY wanted to like this work. But sadly, I did not.
    I LOVE the zombie apocalypse & last man on Earth genres. So. I had high expectations that I would enjoy this as much as "Walking Dead" or "I am Legend".
    However, the story lacks any tension or suspense due to the manner in which it is told. Less than 5 minutes into the listen you're aware that the Zombie War is over and that humanity, though battered, has survived. The story unfolds through a seemingly endless stream of interviews with survivors (scattered across all corners of the globe) of the Zombie War. The interviews are unrealistic virtual monologues that are too focused and all inclusive streams of consciousness to be believable. Occasional interruptions by the interviewer, seeking minor points of clarification, reinforce the clumsiness of the interview formula as a means of telling the story.
    Worse still is that the interview style of story telling negated developing any emotional connection with the characters. Because they are all survivors, there is no drama or tension or sense of peril conveyed. It had all the thrill of a text book.
    Some characters wade into foreign policy discussions that I suppose were intended to give the work a sense of realism, but in reality side-tracked too far away from the zombie apocalypse story for my liking. Too many of the interviews sounded like the characters were making appearances on C-SPAN with zombies as merely a mechanism to discuss global foreign policy.
    I bought this book based upon all the positive hype I read in reviews and was hearing from friends. I'm really disappointed that an exciting theme, that I was predisposed to like, could be so dull.

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    catherine tustin, CA, United States 01-09-12
    catherine tustin, CA, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Not enough detail."
    Would you consider the audio edition of World War Z to be better than the print version?

    Yes!!!!! Actor's voices magnificent.


    Has World War Z turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    First doctor. The asian doctor that narrated first.


    Who was the most memorable character of World War Z and why?

    The asian doc. I could hear his anger and sorrow in his voice.


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    Joshua CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, United States 01-05-12
    Joshua CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, United States 01-05-12 Member Since 2017
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    "too short"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    you miss so many of my favorite parts of the book by listening to the abridged version its not really worth buying without the whole thing


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    Nathan OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, United States 01-04-12
    Nathan OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, United States 01-04-12
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    "Slow start but worth holding on for the ride."
    Would you listen to World War Z again? Why?

    Yes, This is a great example of taking a rehashed theme and making it your own. Max Brooks does an extremely thorough and detailed job with a ton of details and vivid imagery to create a theatre in your mind...more than that you feel the angst and stress of the situations he creates within the stories. Thats the best part, it's the compilation of stories that takes hold and the excitement from the different perspectives makes this book addictively entertaining. This is how a Zombie mini-series should be written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Different perspectives from different characters.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Awesome cast- can't imagine it being read any different way.


    If you could take any character from World War Z out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The soldier from the first attack in NY. His personality and stories were the best. I liked his crude vocabulary and attitude. Made me feel at home.


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    Joseph Sioux Falls, SD, United States 01-03-12
    Joseph Sioux Falls, SD, United States 01-03-12
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    "If you like zombies, this book is a must-read"

    If you're checking out zombie books and haven't read Max Brooks, you should certainly pick this book up. The audiobook is great because the story is a collection of interviews and is performed by a full cast of characters. It's a bummer that it's abridged, but that's the only reason I took away a star on the story.

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    D. Davis Philadelphia, PA 01-03-12
    D. Davis Philadelphia, PA 01-03-12 Member Since 2005

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    "I don't need a movie!"
    What did you love best about World War Z?

    Max used the standard zombie formula (Romero style) and backs it up by basing his stories on real historical events. Add to that a full cast of known actors to read his book??? you can't go wrong with this one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Bought this when it came out and it is one of the only audio books that continues to remain on my iPod (two iPods later)


    Have you listened to any of the narrators???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is much better than the Zombie Survival Guide but that comparison is a bit unfair as they are two very different books/stories.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is what any author of zombie fiction hopes to achieve. Thank you Max.

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    Ben Minot, ME, United States 12-26-11
    Ben Minot, ME, United States 12-26-11
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    "Great Novel"
    Would you listen to World War Z again? Why?

    The narration and style of writing is fantastic and involving. Strongly suggest this book for anyone who wants to hear a story about what it would be like in the real world if a pandemic of any kind were to strike the world.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked them all, Paul Redeker was my favorite as he had the guts, the vision and the gall to suggest the thing that no one else wanted to face.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not at this time.


    If you could take any character from World War Z out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Paul Redeker. only so I could figure out how he came to his conclusions.


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    Amazon Customer 12-23-11
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    "Magnificent! More an audio play than just a book."
    Where does World War Z rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Because of the variety of actors narrating the work, it was the single most gripping audio book I have heard. A truly magnificent experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was brought to life, and I lost myself within the drama.


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